Barrister & Mann Latha – Honest Shave

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Barrister & Mann Latha – Honest Shave

Pre-shave Thoughts:

This morning I’m going to shave with a soap that I’ve had for a while but have not reached for in some time.  That soap is Barrister & Mann Latha.  My face is feeling healthy and stubbly.  The chin zit has finally retreated, and I’m expecting a good smooth shave.  Let’s give Latha a go.


The Shave:

Preparation:  Hot shower

Razor:  iKon Razors #102 ShaveCraft Slant Head on a Maggard Razors MR1 Stainless Steel Handle  

Blade:  Gillette 7 O’clock Super Platinum “Gillette Black” Razor Blade 

Soap:   Barrister & Mann Latha Shaving Soap  

Brush:  Omega #S10065 S-Brush Synthetic Boar Bristle Brush  

Finish:  Fine Accoutrements L’Orange Noir Aftershave Splash


Post-shave Thoughts:

That was an honestly good shave.  The Omega S-Brush and Latha get along quite well.  Loading the damp S-Brush from the dry Barrister & Mann Latha puck was a simple task as a good dense paste built between the fiber after 20 seconds or so of swirling.  I painted a coat of paste on my freshly showered and damp face.  Then, I whipped up a lot of dense and creamy face lather that was reasonably slick as well.  B&M Latha and the Omega S-Brush really like one another.  After a few dips of the brush into a pool of hot tap water, I had more lather on my face and in the brush than I’ve seen in some time.  Perhaps I overloaded the brush.  Regardless, Latha produces a remarkable amount of high quality lather that lasted for three passes and a little touching up.  I probably could have accomplished four passes if I felt the need.

I deviated from my usual two pass shave of one pass with the growth, and one pass across the growth to add in a third pass in the other direction across the whisker pattern.  I thought, “why not, I have a ton of Latha lather.”  The iKon #102 ShaveCraft slant gave another smooth experience with its efficient slicing tilt/slant head design.  Every time I shave with the iKon #102, I appreciate it more and more.  This was the third shave on the Gillette 7 O’clock Black blade, and I began to feel it.  It did not feel quite as sharp as the first two shaves, although it accomplished the job just fine.  I’ve yet to find a razor blade that feels as sharp on the third shave as it does on the first.  Perhaps that is asking too much, yet I do hear of guys getting 5, 6, 7+ shaves out of various blades.  It baffles me.

The scent of Barrister & Mann Latha is marketed as a classic barbershop style.  I did not experience any scent even remotely similar to a barbershop scented soap I’ve used previously.  Rather, off the puck, B&M Latha oozed with a naturally sweet honeycomb fragrance that I found appealing.  As I whipped up the face lather, the sweetness subsided and left a pleasant wildflower note in its wake.  The aroma dissipated as I completed the three passes and was mostly extinguished as I completed my final rinse.  I appreciate a soap that is not too scent heavy that it lingers and mixes with my finishing products.  Latha gave a clean and soft post shave that felt comforting and clean.

I topped the shave off with a few drops of Fine Accoutrements L’Orange Noir aftershave.  Similar to other Mr. Fine aftershave creations, a splash of L’Orange Noir resulted in a bracing alcohol sting and scent at first that quickly evolved into a soothing cool tingle of menthol.  I spent a few minutes cleaning up my shave tools and enjoyed the menthol burst that then faded and left a pleasantly smoky orange zest aroma.  The earthy citrus fragrance lessened somewhat quickly and my face felt smooth, tight and clean if not slightly dry.


Shave Rating System

Closeness – 4

Irritation – 5

Wounds – 5

Overall – 4.67  An honestly good shave.  I’m a LathaMan!

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  1. Tim Frederick March 11, 2015 at 12:51 - Reply

    I think the Latha by B&M is one of the best lathers I used in a while. It is almost perfect.

    • Oliver Scarcliff March 11, 2015 at 13:07 - Reply

      I agree. I had so much quality lather, I could have kept shaving all morning. Thanks for reading!

  2. Leisureguy March 11, 2015 at 13:29 - Reply

    I would say that, if your water’s reasonably soft, 20 seconds is a long loading. I find that 10 seconds is good enough, even for a dried-out puck of Mitchell’s Wool Fat (where I also used an S-Series brush).

    VERY nice set-up: first-rate all the way.

    • Oliver Scarcliff March 11, 2015 at 13:33 - Reply

      My city water is on the hard side. The Omega S-Brush is new for me, and I’m finding that is loads more quickly than some of my other brushes. I’m still figuring it out. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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